NPA to respond on reinstating Zuma’s prosecution

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NPA to respond on reinstating Zuma’s prosecution
783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will on Monday reveal its course of action regarding the High Court in Pretoria judgement which set aside the decision to halt President Jacob Zuma’s prosecution in 2009.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku initially told African News Agency (ANA) that the briefing scheduled at their Siverton headquarters was “to brief the media and the public about the work of the NPA. That is the reason for the briefing”.

Asked whether the high court judgement would be on the agenda, Mfaku responded: “Certainly. This is our last day to respond. We will”.

The media briefing is set to start at 10am.

Earlier this month, the NPA said it was still mulling on whether the 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma should be reinstated.

At the time, the NPA said it was yet to make any decision, following the high court ruling.

The court set aside the decision by former acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe, to withdraw the raft of charges against Zuma, back in 2009.

Delivering the judgement on April 29 on behalf of a full bench, Judge Aubrey Ledwaba found that the decision taken by Mpshe to drop the corruption charges against Zuma in 2009 was irrational and thus set it aside. Ledwaba further ruled that the matter needed to be reviewed.

The case around the so-called “Spy Tapes” was brought by the Democratic Alliance which asked the court to review the decision to drop 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma.

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